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Radar Shows Promise For Detecting Concussions

April 25, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

Walking and thinking at the same time can be especially difficult for persons who've suffered concussions, and scientists hope to use that multi-tasking challenge (measured by a simple radar system) to quickly screen individuals who may have suffered brain injuries. By asking an individual to walk a short distance while saying the months of the year in reverse order, researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) can determine if that person is impaired and possibly suffering from a concussion.

Military Faces Challenge To Malpractice Immunity

April 25, 2011 6:15 am | Comments

Mitch Stacy, AP Veterans, military families and others who oppose a decades-old law that shields military medical personnel from malpractice lawsuits are rallying around a case they consider the best chance in a generation to change the widely unpopular protection. The U.S. Supreme Court has asked for more information from attorneys and will decide next month whether to hear the case of a 25-year-old non-commissioned officer who died after a nurse put a tube down the wrong part of his throat.

Patient Dies In Oral Arthritis Drug Study

April 25, 2011 5:56 am | Comments

(AP) — Pfizer, Inc. confirmed that one patient who was taking its drug candidate tofacitinib, a pill designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis, died during a recent clinical trial and said the death was connected to the drug. The world's largest drugmaker said the patient died of respiratory failure.

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Yeah, There's Even An App For That

April 22, 2011 8:03 am | Comments

A closer look at two smart phone applications that are getting more popular in the surgical community The handyscope is an optical attachment and an accompanying app that converts an iPhone into a practical dermatoscope. The attachment provides up to 20x magnification for the phone's camera and illuminates the skin with polarized light, thanks to built-in LEDs and internal batteries.

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Surgeon Loses Manslaughter Appeal

April 22, 2011 7:51 am | Comments

American surgeon Jayant Patel will serve out a seven-year prison term in Australia, after a Brisbane court dismissed his appeals against his manslaughter convictions and sentence. In June 2010, the former director of surgery at the Bundaberg Base Hospital was convicted in connection with the deaths of three patients, and of causing grievous bodily harm to a fourth.

Administration Looks To Ease Medicare Cuts

April 22, 2011 7:42 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Millions of seniors in popular private insurance plans offered through Medicare will be getting a reprieve from some of the most controversial cuts in President Barack Obama's health care law. In a policy shift critics see as political, the Health and Human Services department has decided to award quality bonuses to hundreds of Medicare Advantage plans rated merely average.

Success Stories Hard To Find In Libyan Surgeons' Records

April 22, 2011 7:36 am | Comments

Ben Hubbard, AP Dr. Mohammed al-Fagieh, chief surgeon at Hilal Hospital in Misrata, carries around a gruesome catalog of recent cases that have come through his wards. When asked about common wounds, he pulled a cell phone from the pocket of his blue scrubs and flipped through a sampling of images.

Alcohol May Mislead Surgical Timing

April 22, 2011 5:54 am | Comments

A Loyola University Health System study has found another reason to not binge drink alcohol. Binge drinking, researchers found, could change the body's immune system response to bone injuries. "This tremendously complicates the trauma care of these patients," said bone biologist John Callaci, PhD, senior author of the study.

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Doctor Operated On Wrong Eye Of 4-Year-Old Boy

April 20, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon surgeon operated on the wrong eye of a 4-year-old boy from Washington state, his parents say. "She said, 'Frankly, I lost sense of direction and didn't realize I had operated on the wrong eye until I was done operating on the eye,'" Tasha Gaul, the boy's mother, said of the doctor's reaction after last week's surgery.

Educational Sonic Cleaning Game Launched To Earn Free CEU

April 20, 2011 6:40 am | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Comments

Crazy4Clean.com has launched the “Saga of SONIgal”, the newest online flash-based game that takes you on an adventure through the sonic cleaning process with SONIgal. Help SONIgal remember her PPE's in a word-search level, swim through an ultrasonic tank to make sure it is degassed and cleaning verification tests are placed properly, and much more! Plus, earn a free CEU when you pass the quiz at the end of the game.

Shorter Hospital Stays After Hip Replacement, But Increased Readmissions

April 20, 2011 6:39 am | Comments

An analysis of data from Medicare beneficiaries who underwent hip replacement or subsequent follow-up corrective surgery between 1991 and 2008 indicates that the length of hospital stay after surgery declined during this time period, as did the proportion of patients discharged home, while there was an increase in the rate of hospital readmissions and discharge to a skilled care facility, according to a study in the April 20 issue of JAMA.

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Study Confirms Link Between Breast Implants And Rare Form Of Cancer

April 20, 2011 6:38 am | Comments

Breast implants appear to be associated with a rare form of lymphoma, but there is not yet evidence to show that the cancer is caused by implants or to suggest an underlying mechanism for how the disease might develop, according to a study by researchers from the RAND Corporation. The study, published online by the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, also finds that the disease takes a slow course and can be controlled by surgical removal of the implant and surrounding capsule.

Transplant Success After Marathon Surgery

April 20, 2011 6:38 am | Comments

Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer Emily Fennelll, 26, of Yuba City, Calif., who lost her right hand in an auto accident in 2006, talks about her experience as the recipient of a hand transplant, at a news conference at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

Virtual Surgery Aids Personalized Treatment Of Nasal Obstruction

April 19, 2011 5:38 am | Comments

Virtual nasal surgery has the potential to be a productive tool that may enable surgeons to perform personalized nasal surgery using computer simulation techniques, according to researchers at The Medical College of Wisconsin. The findings are posted online today and will appear in the September print issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders Associated With Poor Surgical Outcomes

April 19, 2011 5:37 am | Comments

Surgical patients with do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders appear to be at higher risk for poor surgical outcomes, according to a report published online today by the Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The study will appear in the August print issue of the journal. "Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders preclude the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a clinically unresponsive, pulseless patient," according to background information provided by the authors.

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